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The Lineage Project

P.O. Box 4668 #8375
New York, NY 10163-4668
Telephone/Fax: (781) 408-1492
Website: www.lineageproject.org

Description of Organization

The Lineage Project is designed to support at-risk and incarcerated youth, their families and communities, by offering yoga, meditation and other awareness-based practices. Those who staff The Lineage Project stress the importance of working with at-risk populations and the value of bringing yoga and meditation practices to nontraditional environments. Mayor Rudolf Guiliani in 2000 awarded the project the "Mayor's Voluntary Action Award"; and it has been featured in the documentary, "The Fire of Yoga." By building awareness and uniting the body and mind through physical activity, at-risk youth can learn to consciously manage stress, pain, illness, and the demands of everyday life. Increasing self-awareness among young people helps them to cultivate passion and commit to nonviolent engagement with their communities. The Lineage Project operates under the umbrella of The Tides Center, which manages the tax and legal aspects of many 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations and extends oversight to each project.

Grant(s) Awarded

The Foundation has made a grant in the sum of $97,650 to support this project.

Results / Update

Working with a Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a retired Director of Molloy School of Social Work has been an extraordinary experience. We have learned so much throughout including how to fine tune our curriculum to offer optimal service.

Following are some very preliminary results from our researchers:

"The biggest thing that leapt out was the evidence of how the students were "owning" these practices and skills. This came in a couple different ways. Students spoke about doing yoga or meditation outside of class (off the mat). For these students, mindfulness was become normalized in their life - something they could draw on, use, tap into - a resource. Another theme is a shift in how the students are relating with more awareness and empathy toward themselves and others."

Your steadfast partnership allows us to continue offering youth tools that can change the course of their lives.

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